My husband and I have dreamed of starting up a gluten-free bakery faith community ever since we started dating, well before getting married! As we move into year three with the Nourished community, we believe that starting a bakery could help the Nourished community become a self-sustaining community, in addition to generosity and giving. We are hit with the reality that younger generations are not as financially stable as others. There are numerous church plants across the country that function in this way. One such community is called Union in Dallas, TX. Union is a coffee shop church. It is a missional congregation, but the church building functions six days a week as a coffee shop. Through its coffee shop, it builds up community, is instant outreach, but also sustains the community where giving and tithing falls short.

After receiving a $5000 grant, for the coming months ahead, Nourished is going to be present at the Mega Market at Matthew 25’s Urban Farm. The Mega Market is held on the last Thursday of the month throughout the summer. Nourished will be selling gluten-free bakery items for outreach, but also as alternative revenue streams. When Thursday Centering falls on the Mega Market nights, we will worship out at the farm.

So, we invite you, we encourage you, to come out to the first Mega Market of the year on Thursday, May 26th, from 4 pm-8 pm at the Cultivate Hope Urban Farm. Thursday Centering will be at 6 pm that evening at the farm, so you might even time your trip to the farmers market to stay for our gathering together. This is our missional campus, so you’re always welcome to come out to Thursday Centering; you don’t have to be invited to come. Just come as you are—it is very casual.

Calling all bakers: We also could use any help this summer in baking the gluten-free bakery items we plan to sell. If you have some spare time this summer, like to bake, want to learn more about gluten-free baking, or simply want to support this community, please contact Pastor Kristina at kristina@lovelylane.org.

We’ll also need help this summer setting up and tearing down our tent and table at the market. Until Nourished, many of this community had not been part of a faith community for a very long time. I’m excited for the future of this community as we move forward!

Peace & blessings upon you, Pastor Kristina